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Open Air Theatre

Nestled in a frame of clipped arborvitae and towering trees, the historic Open Air Theatre has hosted countless theatrical performances and concerts since it debuted in 1914.

Unique features of our 1,500 seat Theatre include a 10-foot water curtain in front of the stage, numerous fountains built into the stage, and underground dressing rooms.

The Open Air Theatre fountains are shut down for the season. They will reopen in April 2022, weather permitting.

History of this Garden

Inspired by outdoor European theaters and his love of music and drama, Pierre S. du Pont built the Open Air Theatre in 1913. The Theatre was redesigned and expanded in 1927 to include illuminated fountains set into the stage floor and a 10-foot water curtain at its front. Today, performances of all varieties are presented throughout the summer.

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